Last week’s Bahrain Grand Prix was given an average rating of 7.96 out of ten by F1 Fanatic readers as Sebastian Vettel held onto win ahead of a charging Lewis Hamilton.
It’s the second-highest score this race has had since we began Rate the Race in 2008. Is it another sign the 2017 season could be more action-packed than we expected?
Here’s what you had to say about round three of the championship:
The first part of the race was awesome, with five cars nose-to-tail for the lead.
Then it all hell broke lose with accidents, ensuing tyre changes and restart battles. However after halfway it calmed down and Hamilton’s position was the only question mark. Overtaking is not as bad as critics say and the championship is looking very close.
Battles throughout the field, from the Mercedes fighting the Ferraris, with the Red Bull of Ricciardo joining in at times, to the great tight battle between the four midfield teams – Force India, Williams, Toro Rosso and Haas with Renault, Sauber and McLaren being an interesting scrap.
I feel like we’ve come back to the eighties, with one of the best rule changes in F1 and a high attrition rate. Surprisingly for me, I didn’t find the extreme dearth of close racing that was feared. Loving this season so far.
Trayambak Chakravarty (@Major-dev)
F1 has really taken back the initiative.
Forgot there was a World Endurance Championship race today with only two teams in the top class, same liveries and over ten seconds a lap slower. To think some thought LMP1 was on it’s way to out F1 as the top motorsport series a few years back.
All the races in F1 have been decent this year and tiny things in the races going either way could of meant Ferrari or Mercedes winning all the of the opening races.
While many of you are warming to 2017-style racing, the quality of the television broadcasts remains a concern for some.
The coverage has been appalling this year by FOM. Odd camera angles and random replays and cuts all over the place this year. And worst of all they have got rid of the time tracker from the bottom.
On the race, was very interesting. Felt sorry for Bottas being relegated to a number two driver already.
The team orders point came up a few times in your responses:
The race started decently, but the Safety Car and the repeated team orders ruined it for me.
Better than Australia, but I still miss overtaking among the top guys. Another race decided by pit strategy, which is good, but not enough for me.
It’s a pity Verstappen was out so early, although it seems to me Red Bull didn’t have the pace to follow Ferrari and Mercedes.
The first race of the season provoked concerns about how difficult overtaking would be this year. The quality of racing in Bahrain provoked mixed responses.
Clearly overtaking is still a big problem, if Vettel, who was at least one second faster then Bottas can’t do it here with long straights and DRS this season is going to be decided in the pit and not on the track.
I think overtaking is in the best state it’s been in since I’ve started watching F1 (1999 season). The overtakes are all hard-fought and well deserved, yet we still actually get overtakes.
The last few years of just cars whizzing by each other constantly whenever they are behind somebody is a lot less interesting to me. Over the past few years there have hardly been any memorable overtaking manoeuvres as they’ve either been easily done by DRS or easily done due to massive differences in tyres. That seemed like an improvement when compared to the previous few years of it being almost impossible to overtake but it really wasn’t great.
I don’t really understand what people want with regards to overtaking if this isn’t it?
Bahrain Grand Prix reaction from Twitter
The #BahrainGP was an absolute cracker! The great racing up and down the grid proved that overtaking is possible with the 2017 cars.
— Gregor (@gregor_milby) April 16, 2017
#BahrainGp great gp yesterday nice to see f1 is back and enjoyable again.
— wenger's a parasite (@TwittaTwats) April 17, 2017
F1 this season feels like 2007/08 2 teams fighting like crazy for victories and 1 team ready to pick up the pieces if it all goes wrong.
— GingerAndy (@GingerAndy96) April 16, 2017
I think everyone knows why f1 fans keep decreasing, cause always 3 team in the podium and others don't need to watch dy
— Vousmevoyez (@kimguan04) April 17, 2017
— Fred Weimer (@wingdisk) April 17, 2017
After the tension of the Bahrain GP yesterday – I'm kinda glad we have one weekend without f1 to recuperate
— Banu Baarthi #5 🏎💨 (@F1fanatic94) April 17, 2017
I really hope the Russian GP will be better… I'm already sensing it will be boring
— Marcus To The Max (@MadForMarcusE90) April 17, 2017
— Schuurman #GoMax (@henkschuurmanf1) April 17, 2017
— Adam (@the_whitasian) April 16, 2017
Great to see Seb Vettel on top step of podium after Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. Half expected him to conduct the Italian National Anthem #Schumi
— Kath Turner (@Camgart) April 17, 2017
— Reginaldo Rosario (@Regi1700) April 16, 2017
BOT had to let HAM pass him that he could challenge VET, but he wasn't able to do that, so why Lewis didn't give position back to BOT? #F1
— Jari Kultalahti (@JariKultalahti) April 17, 2017
finally caught up on the F1 like hours after it happened. Good race. I had Hamilton down to win though.
— Jess (@ChocaMoccha) April 16, 2017
F1 is so boring
— XY Republik (@Jaywill1886) April 17, 2017
Not as good as china but still enjoyable. Mclaren with 4 DNFs 1 DNS and a last place?! Lance Stroll is receiving a baptism of fire into F1
— Alex Saikia (@PsychiaAlex) April 16, 2017
F1 is interesting cause I've never seen Vettel or Hamilton battle head to head in the ten years they've been in F1 together
— BDtSDTV (@bdtsdtv) April 16, 2017
— BPoBF (@sterencengomani) April 16, 2017
— Vishal Agarwal 😐 (@vishal1982) April 16, 2017
— Michael Flavel 🇦🇺 (@michaelflavel) April 16, 2017
— aibhran (@ickelave) April 16, 2017
— Jonny Huntridge (@jhuntridge) April 16, 2017
— Mathew Midgley (@MathewMidgley) April 16, 2017
— Barbie O'Connor (@BOCauthor) April 16, 2017
— Adam Storr (@WestDiscGolf) April 16, 2017
— Tomasz Kubiak (@tomekkubiak) April 16, 2017
What an amazing race 🏁 I hope the rest of the year is that exciting 🏎🚥🏆🎉 #BahrainGP
— Viktoria (@viktorya97) April 16, 2017
Just caught up on the #BahrainGP after a day out. Not as good as China, but better than Australia.
— Toby (@TobyJones22) April 16, 2017
— RubyRose (@RubyFidler00) April 16, 2017
F1 is a beautiful sport as long as Mercedes isn't winning. Glad to see Vettel's second victory of the season over Hamilton.
— Hamza Hashim (@hamzahashim02) April 16, 2017
Pleased for Vettel winning again. He looked like a kid at Christmas afterwards! Enjoyable race; best of the three so far, I reckon. #F1
— Nick Chenery (@SportyPigF1) April 16, 2017
Am I the only one bothered that in the race F1 cars are like 5 seconds slower than qualifying? I get that there's a lot of fuel, but (cont.)
— Jack Mulkey (@hulkthemulk3) April 16, 2017
On reflection from the first 3 races, I'm very happy with the direction #F1 is taking in 2017! Exciting and relatively organic racing!
— Jason Rodgers (@JRodgersSport) April 16, 2017
— Emily Harmsworth (@lemoniegb) April 16, 2017
— Keith Zimmer (@KeithZimmy5600) April 16, 2017
— Louise Freer (@FreerSkincareUK) April 16, 2017
— The Paddock (@marko_g333) April 16, 2017
Looks like it's going to be a very interesting season #F1
— Paul Heare (@PaulHeare) April 16, 2017
— Cosimo Pignatelli (@cospignatelli) April 16, 2017
Totally checked out of #F1 last season but more enthusiastic this year. Ecstatic 4 Massa return & enjoying Alonso's race-by-race meltdown
— F1 Female (@f1_female) April 16, 2017
Looks like a Hamilton/Vettel title race. This might be an interesting season. #F1
— Michael (@MichaelH0894) April 16, 2017
Loving the new era of F1, most exciting race I've watched in a long time #BahrainGP
— Nadir Parkar (@NadirParkar) April 16, 2017
Another dull albeit slightly less dull than normal #f1 race. Maybe no pit stops at all is the answer?
— neil luxford (@neilluxford) April 16, 2017
#BahrainGP is a cool track and race.
— Shane 🐯 🏁 💯 (@OatesShane) April 16, 2017
— Laura (@autumnof83) April 16, 2017
F1 has come alive. The current competition between Vettal and Hamilton is both healthy and respectful. The season will be memorable.
— Martyn R-Slater (@robinsonslater) April 16, 2017
Just caught up with the Bahrain GP. Decent race 👍 Vettel and Hamilton in a different league to their teammates this season. #f1
— Steve Whitfield (@Ste_Whitfield) April 16, 2017
#F1 is a bit good this season. Roll on the next one
— Stephen Baysted (@StephenBaysted) April 16, 2017
— Kevin (@justkevie) April 16, 2017
— #JOANNE (@Lane_Boy_ZA) April 16, 2017
— Ratcatcher (@Ratcatcher7) April 16, 2017
Loved the teamwork from botas and Hamilton #BahrainGP
— Eddy Benz (@eddykbee) April 16, 2017
Motorsports us meant to thrill & excite but Formula One no longer does these things. #BahrainGP was not a "thriller"
— Gavin Smith (@GavinSmith83) April 16, 2017
Just watched the #BahrainGP & I must admit its a corker! Best GP in past 3 years, one of best in past 7 years! This championship is on fire!
— Andrew (@ESPImperium) April 16, 2017
What a race #BahrainGP was again. McLaren need to get it together (bye bye Honda!) and Lewis v Seb will be epic. Keep the faith Bottas!
— Richie Rooster (@rnendick0705) April 16, 2017
Surely way too early in the F1 season for Mercedes and Ferrari to start with team orders. Very very disappointed with this.
— Barbara Read (@BarbaraRead60) April 16, 2017
— lovingthehoneybadger (@danielANDlewis) April 16, 2017
— chris james (@CJJAY89) April 16, 2017
Just caught up with the #F1. Tense & exciting race!
— skybluemandylou #44 (@skybluemandylou) April 16, 2017
Damn.. Hell of a race. Mercedes ve Ferrari.. Lewis vs Sebastian.. A massive battle in horizon this season. — watching F1
— Sandeep Mohapatra (@sandeep113) April 16, 2017
— Ian Maddison (@ijmad) April 16, 2017
That was a good race even though I'm a Hamilton fan it's good to see how competitive Ferrari ate. And I've got money in Vettel too #F1 🏎🏎
— Chris Peck (@MrCPeck) April 16, 2017
Also today's F1 race was the best I've seen in ages.
— Road to El Dylrado (@NoobsliceZA) April 16, 2017
Cracking day st the F1, cars are fast and noisy again.
— Welsh 'n' Thirsty (@WelshnThirsty) April 16, 2017
The race i wanted but not the winner i wanted.#BahrainGP .
— Babatola Juwon (@Jaybent04) April 16, 2017
Any hopes of repeating 7 or more different winners in the first 7 races dashes by Vettel, are we back to Vettel dominance? #F1
— Kahran Vohra (@kahran_vohra) April 16, 2017
— James Taylor (@JRTaylor97) April 16, 2017
— Rory Sexton (@rorysexton) April 16, 2017
Great F1 race at #BahrainGP today, 2017 looks to be a good season for racing with more overtakes happening without DRS.
— Ian Maclean (@IanMacleanMusic) April 16, 2017
No DRS, please. It's killing #F1 .
— Sylvia (@15woodlane2) April 16, 2017
— Diane Cullimore (@DNicoros) April 16, 2017
— Yan Lee (@Yan1Lee) April 16, 2017
F1 is seriously good this season
— JayMW (@JayLDN213) April 16, 2017
— Thapan Chand (@thapanchand) April 16, 2017
What a load of f1 rubbish today. Time trial is all it is. Five second penalty for going slow uuhh glad i didnt watch it
— The Springer (@456suzuki100) April 16, 2017
— Justyn Greentree (@Extremekiter) April 16, 2017
Good old F1 danger of a race breaking out so they penalise a driver for driving too slow in the pit lane #F1
— Andrew Harnett (@HarnettAndrew) April 16, 2017
What a season we have in store, great race, plenty of talking points. Wow! #BahrainGP
— George Howson (@GeorgeyHowson95) April 16, 2017
I think F1 is gonna be very interesting this season. Ferrari taking back it's dominance. It about time
— Tsholanang_Zwane (@tsholanangp) April 16, 2017
— Nigel's Tweet (@nigelstreet) April 16, 2017
— Morne Esben (@Morne13) April 16, 2017
F1 miles better when it's not just one team!
— Joe Westwell (@bigborski69) April 16, 2017
The #BahrainGP was the most exciting F1 race I've watched in a while. This season is great so far.
— Jean Luc (@JnLcGrmn) April 16, 2017
I suggest that Liberty should watch an afternoon of BTCC. That is what I call racing, in all classes.
WAKE UP F1……..
— Ian Silcock (@ISilcock) April 16, 2017
— Mohsin ツ (@Mohsin_N17) April 16, 2017
— Wonko the Sane (@Graeme_Skinner) April 16, 2017
— Simeon Kichukov (@simeonkichukov) April 16, 2017
Good F1 race today as well, well done the Vettel.
— Pete Scully (@petescully) April 16, 2017
Well that was an exciting race! I'm looking forward to this season 😊🏁 #BahrainGP
— Daniel Bond (@MrSpuddix) April 16, 2017
It seems to me that currently F1 is being billed as exciting based on the pit stop strategy more than the racing.
— William Jersey (@EarlofJersey) April 16, 2017
— Liam ingram (@Ing305) April 16, 2017
#f1 still boring, the changes seem to have lessened the overtakes. There was zero excitement in the last 40 laps.
— Formie (@formbob) April 16, 2017
So who said #F1 was boring and predictable, huh?
— Alex Coates (@AlexCoatesy) April 16, 2017
Still, great to have such a competitive @F1 season now. On to Russia. Mercedes reaction anyone?
— Nick Winn (@Winn1) April 16, 2017
You know F1 fans are desperate when they rate that race 9/10 😂😂😂
— Stuart Rowles (@StuartRowles) April 16, 2017
— Samantha (@SmarzX) April 16, 2017
Oh you’re kidding me – just found out there were team orders in the third F1 race of the season! F1 is an absolute joke.
— Nick (@nickistically) April 16, 2017
— Chris. (@TFC_Chris) April 16, 2017
— Jainam Mehta (@Jainam09) April 16, 2017
— Craig Stephenson (@craigstephenson) April 16, 2017
It was worth the wait. Today's #F1 race was one of the best I've seen in years. Real nailbiting stuff.
— Richard Miller (@Richard_Miller_) April 16, 2017
F1 races are always less interesting without Mad Max…..
— Philip 父 Wilkinson 父 (@PW57WHU) April 16, 2017
Amazing f1 race today :)
— Blargypaston (@Blargypaston) April 16, 2017
— Andrew Yeates (@AndyDavidYeates) April 17, 2017
Great race yesterday I think – F1 is getting better at last !
— David Evans (@DMEvans1069) April 17, 2017
In other news… Really happy to have covered three people to @F1 thanks to an awesome Bahrain GP!!
— Dan Conn (@danjconn) April 17, 2017
Finally watched F1 Bahrain GP not a bad race could have been closer at the end if Hamilton didn't get the penalty
— Pete (@motorsportpete) April 17, 2017
Bit late I know, but yesterday's F1 was very good. Bottle really mixed it up by taking pole, just a shame he had issues during the race
— Drewski (@drew060609) April 17, 2017
Team orders makes a mockery of the F1 drivers' championship
— Kate (@Kate76404341) April 17, 2017
Can't be arsed with F1 anymore….. The cars are boring and the drivers are boring!
Take me back to the 70's & 80's & 90's
— (((SonOfMerlin))) (@AndyGersFan1973) April 17, 2017
— George Mienie (@GeorgeMienie) April 17, 2017
— Daniel Condor (@DanCondor13) April 18, 2017
— Dionysos Tryphon (@DionysosTryphon) April 19, 2017
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